Technical consumer protection; market surveillance Ecodesign / energy consumption labeling
The Trade Supervisory Office at the Government of Swabia is responsible for monitoring environmentally compatible design (ecodesign) and energy consumption labeling.
Eco-design and energy labeling are a systematic and comprehensive design approach for products and make an important contribution to improving the energy and resource efficiency of products over their entire life cycle. So-called implementing measures set out specific eco-design and labeling requirements for a particular product group. These are regulations issued by the European Commission. These implementing measures are directly applicable and do not require further transposition into national law. The manufacturers or importers concerned must ensure that their products meet the specified requirements in the respective implementing measure. Only then may they be placed on the market in the EU. They issue a declaration of conformity for the product as confirmation and affix the CE conformity mark to it. Products may well fall under several eco-design implementing measures but also other European regulations, such as product safety law.
The federal states are responsible for monitoring ecodesign and energy label requirements in Germany. In this context, the range of tasks for market surveillance is specified by the Market Surveillance Act (MüG). The tasks include, for example, spot checks of products and the examination of documentation. The Bavarian Trade Supervisory Offices at the governments have specialized in the area of market surveillance.
If you have any questions about the quality requirements of technical products, or if you suspect that a product does not meet the prescribed quality requirements, you can contact the responsible trade supervisory office at the governments directly. Your contact for the area of ecodesign and energy label requirements is the trade supervisory office at the government of Swabia. As an instrument for the exchange of information on unsafe products and product risks, the Internet-based Information and Communication System for Europe-wide Market Surveillance of Technical Products (ICSMS) (see "Online Procedure") is also available to consumers and authorities.
Market surveillance in Bavaria is carried out by the trade supervisory offices at the individual governments. In this way, the Bavarian Trade Inspectorate represents both the interest of consumers in safe products and the protection of the environment, as well as the justified interest of manufacturers and importers in protection against unfair competitive practices. The Bavarian trade supervisory offices at the governments have specialized in very specific product areas of market surveillance. An overview of the relevant responsibilities can be found under "Further links".
Informations- und Kommunikationssystem zur europaweiten Marktüberwachung von technischen Produkten (ICSMS)
In the "Search", product information can be searched for using various criteria. After a search query has been performed, the hits are displayed in a hit list.
Schnellwarnsystem der Europäischen Union
The rapid alert system ("Safety Gate") enables information on measures to protect against dangerous non-food products to be rapidly transmitted to the national authorities responsible for product safety. With the help of the rapid alert system, alerts from national authorities are forwarded on a daily basis. Each alert contains information on the product classified as dangerous, a description of the risks and the measures taken by economic operators or ordered by the authorities.
Links to more information
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz
- Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
- Online transactions, locally limited
- Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, locally limited
- Fees, Bavaria-wide
- Fees, locally limited